Balsam Lake Mountain observer’s cabin Scott L. | copyright Challenged Hiking For the uninitiated, amenities on a Catskill summit are rare. The trails to get to the fire tower on Balsam Lake Mountain offer many magical moments along the way, including a stroll through the dense balsam fir forest near the summit. Balsam Lake Mountain Trail (1.48 miles, 430′ from the north and 845′ from the south, red markers) Junctions with the Dry Brook Ridge Trail and Mill Brook Ridge Trail. The fire tower on the summit offers a panoramic 360-degree view, and the nearby lean-to provides an opportunity for an overnight stay. Balsam Lake Mountain is the westernmost of the Catskill High Peaks, ranking 16th out of 35 with a summit elevation of 3,720 feet. Balsam Mountain(ID: 942953) USGS Official Elevation: 3,602' USGS Balsam Summit: 42.090924, -74.488208 (DEC-WGS84) USGS Balsam Summit: N 42 05.455, W 74 29.292 (GPS) USGS Balsam Summit: 18N 542325 4659998 (UTM) USGS Balsam Summit: N42 05 27, W74 29 17 (Degree, Min, Sec) USGS Official Map: Shandaken Topographical Map (free) USGS Official Map: Just don’t forget your TP. During the winter, it makes an ideal snowshoe hike under appropriate conditions. The summit is covered in Balsam firs - the fragrant evergreens - found on many of the highest mountains in the Catskills. (3600 ft.). Balsam Mountain is one of the 35 peaks in the Catskill Mountains that is over 3,500 feet in elevation. Zoom in to see the ruins on the summit. Turn around and backtrack along the blue-blazed trail to the junction with the red-blazed Oliveria-Mapledale trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking. To its left you can see Slide Mountain. Doubletop Mountain, Graham Mountain, Balsam Lake Mountain [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 9.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Arkville, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. Balsam Lake Mountain via Beaver Kill Road Loop Hike. Graham mountain from Balsam Lake. With binoculars, or a long lens, you can see the ruins on the summit. Turn left to return to the parking area. Then up a steep section (0.5 mile), passing a spur trail leading to a lean-to (on the left), continue another 0.35 miles to the Balsam Lake Mountain summit (3723 feet) and fire tower. On Saturday three of us climbed Slide and the rest of us (including me) climbed Balsam Lake Mountain. Continue straight ahead for 2.15 miles to the summit of Eagle Mt. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. I think all of us were on snowshoes. Balsam Lake Mountain - The most direct route is from the Balsam Lake Mountain Trailhead on Beaverkill Road. Doubletop seen from the Balsam Lake Fire Tower. Located in the Town of Hardenburgh, this is the most remote tower in the Catskills, being a good 15 minutes from a remotely major road and the closest settlement of any size being Margaretville. Turn right on the blue-blazed trail Stay on this trail for .75 miles to reach the summit of Balsam Mt. (3600 ft.). Ascent: 1250 feet. To the right is Lone. They were fine. Trail conditions in the Catskills constantly change - especially in the winter - so make sure to check the weather report and the condition of the trails before you embark on the hike. Follow the blue-marked Dry Brook Ridge Trail north 0.9 miles to its junction with the red-marked Balsam Lake Mountain Trail, turn left and follow it northwest 0.8 miles, passing a lean-to before reaching the summit. Balsam Lake Mountain, one of the 35 peaks in the Catskills over 3,500 feet in elevation, is the most westerly of these peaks. Distance: 3.5 miles. Both are about 12 miles away. But on Balsam Lake, along with the fire tower, cabin, and picnic table you have the luxury of a high elevation privy to use if needed! Saturday: Balsam Lake Mountain There were twelve of us. Balsam Lake Mountain via Dry Brook Ridge Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Livingston Manor, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. They're Tubbs Flex Alps, like my old ones, but shorter. The large mountain visible to the east is Graham. The last mile to Balsam Lake you’ll climb about 525′ to reach the Balsam Lake Mountain Trail just south of the summit. This was my first hike on my new snowshoes. My old ones, but shorter hiking, walking, and the of. 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